THE DIARIES OF PAUL K LYONS - 1979
1979 was another strange year. I gave up my professional job with MORI, and spent three months writing a play about Aleister Crowley. However, because I lost the tenancy of my cheap and spacious flat in Kilburn, I became unsettled. My Kilburn flatmates and I moved to a flat in Leytonstone, but I never liked it or planned to stay. During the spring I became involved with a pseudo-anarchist theatre group called the Demolition Decorators, and then, later, with a fantastic theatre company called Phantom Captain. I worked with the Phantom Captain at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that year, helping with stage management and performing in their 'Waiter Service' gigs. That same summer, I met Bel. By late autumn, I was very unhappy in Leyton, and decided to spend the winter in Corsica and focus on my writing.
Diary 11 begins at the start of the year, while Diary 12 starts on my birthday, 28 May, and continues through to October. I began a new journal, Diary 13, for my Corsica venture, and this covers November and December 1979 and January 1980. After that, in February and March 1980, I returned to finish off Diary 12. My writing in this period loses some of its pretentious floweriness, although I've still had to edit it quite heavily (not least by removing incomprehensible poems) for various reasons.